Eddie Izzard as 'Dan Deakins'
Eddie Izzard, already one of the most celebrated comics of his generation, has also developed an equally stellar reputation as a film, television, and stage actor.
Izzard was recently on tour for his stand-up comedy tour Wunderbar, playing 42 dates across 26 cities in the U.S. and Europe. He wrapped shooting on Lionsgate’s thriller Six Minutes to Midnight with Judi Dench in a script he co-wrote with Celyn Jones. Inspired by real events, the film tells the tale of an exclusive English all-girls finishing school caught up in a Nazi conspiracy that could have defeated Britain before the war began. He was last heard in Universal Pictures’ animated film Abominable as the character Burnish, a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti. Izzard starred alongside Chloe Bennet and Sarah Paulson.
He also voiced the character Hervnick Z. Snerz in Netflix’s TV adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic Green Eggs and Ham, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. The story followed Guy I Am, a retired inventor seeking the quiet life, voiced by Michael Douglas and the adventurous Sam I Am, voiced by Adam Devine as they venture out on a road trip together. Izzard voiced Cadia, one of the Geflings in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel to the original 1982 film. He starred opposite Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helena Bonham Carter, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg and Awkwafina. The 10-episode series was released on Netflix.
Izzard completed his Believe Me book tour celebrating his memoir of the same name. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens tells Eddie’s journey as a young child who lost his mother and becomes an accomplished, multi-faceted entertainer and advocate. The book was on The New York Times Bestsellers List in July 2017.
In 2017, Izzard also completed his standup comedy tour Force Majeure. Force Majeure was one of the most extensive comedy tours ever. Launched in March of 2013, the tour took Izzard to 29 countries on five continents.
In film, Izzard was last seen in Stephen Frears’ critically-acclaimed film, Victoria and Abdul, for Universal. Izzard plays the role of Bertie, Prince of Wales, who disapproves of the relationship between his mother, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young Indian servant (Ali Fazal). Highlights from Izzard’s film career include Rock Dog, Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve, Across the Universe, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire and The Cat’s Meow.
On television, Izzard was last seen in the Sony PlayStation Network superhero fantasy and crime noir series, Powers. He also recently captivated audiences as Dr. Abel Gideon in Bryan Fuller’s series Hannibal. Izzard also starred in and served as a producer on the critically acclaimed FX Networks series, The Riches. His other notable television credits include Castles in the Sky, Treasure Island and Lost Christmas.
His dramatic stage appearances include David Mamet’s Race and The Cryptogram, the title role in Marlowe’s Edward II, 900 Oneonta and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London and on Broadway, which garnered him a Tony nomination for Best Actor.
Izzard made his West End stage debut in 1993 in his one-man show Live at the Ambassadors, in which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. Live at the Ambassadors was followed by a succession of critically-acclaimed shows including Unrepeatable, Definite Article, Glorious, Dress to Kill, Circle, Sexie and Stripped.
May 29, 2020